Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

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HLPNEEDY

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt) or the SECOND statement (The government today can't afford to do much more to help the needy) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right.
  1) First statement
  2) Second statement
  3) Neither/Both equally
  4) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
First statement 48.1% 48.1%
Second statement 46.4% 94.5%
Neither/Both equally 3.1% 97.6%
Don't know/Refused 2.3% 99.9%
Total N = 1975

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18 - 29 years 30 - 49 years 50 and older TOTAL
First statement 55.0% 49.0% 42.2% 48.1%
Second statement 41.5% 46.6% 49.6% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.0% 3.2% 3.8% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.2% 4.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
First statement 45.3% 50.6% 48.1%
Second statement 50.2% 43.1% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.3% 3.9% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.2% 2.4% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Political party (I-PARTYID)

Republican Democrat Independent or other party No preference TOTAL
First statement 32.3% 58.6% 50.7% 59.3% 48.1%
Second statement 64.4% 36.7% 41.8% 35.2% 46.6%
Neither/Both equally 2.1% 3.0% 4.3% 2.2% 3.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.3% 1.7% 3.2% 3.3% 2.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1951


Region (I-REGION)

East Midwest South West TOTAL
First statement 51.2% 47.5% 47.5% 46.7% 48.1%
Second statement 44.3% 46.8% 47.1% 47.2% 46.4%
Neither/Both equally 2.6% 2.9% 3.2% 3.9% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 2.9% 2.3% 2.3% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1975


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Christian Jewish Muslim Other non-Christian No preference Agnostic or Atheist TOTAL
First statement 47.1% 46.8% 66.7% 54.4% 54.4% 42.9% 48.2%
Second statement 47.6% 44.7% 33.3% 39.5% 39.6% 57.1% 46.5%
Neither/Both equally 2.9% 8.5% 0.0% 5.3% 3.7% 0.0% 3.1%
Don't know/Refused 2.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 2.3% 0.0% 2.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1960



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